NC State has a scholarship open and we know for a fact that they are looking to fill that spot with a grad-transfer that can come in and play (and contribute) next season.
It was reported by 247 last week that NC State reached out to Kaiden Rice only 24 hours after he entered the transfer portal. We have confirmed the interest and wanted to give a breakdown of who Rice is and how he’d fit with NC State.
When looking at the NC State roster, you can identify two areas where they need help next season.
The first thing they need a backup, big man behind Manny Bates. It needs to be someone physical and someone who can bring down rebounds. However, pitching a backup role to a grad transfer isn’t too enticing, so I’m not sure how much success State will have locking up one of the better bigs in the transfer portal.
They can, however, pitch a wide-open 4 spot being vacated by DJ Funderburk, and while we all appreciate what Funderburk did this season for NC State, with Keatts system, he’s not going to bring in another classic big for that spot. He’s going to need a stretch 4, and that’s where Kaiden Rice comes in.
Rice actually is more of a 3, coming in at 6’7, but he’s actually a pretty good rebounder. In fact, at this moment he’s the 5th best rebounder in the portal.
Today’s (3/10) Top Rebounding Transfers:
1) Donovan Clay* (SO), Valpo (5.5rpg)
2) Titus Wright (SO), WMU (5.4rpg)
3) Michael Cubbage (RS SR), Marist (5.3rpg/4 games)
4) Keaston Willis (SO), Incarnate Word (4.5rpg)
5) Kaiden Rice (SR), The Citadel (4.2rpg)
*not in portal https://t.co/wsviNJakLa
— Verbal Commits (@VerbalCommits) March 11, 2021
…NC State also needs a reliable 3pt shooter, and Rice fits that bill as well. He’s the #2 scorer in the portal at this time.
Today’s (3/10) Top Scoring Transfers:
1) Keaston Willis (SO), Incarnate Word (18.9ppg)
2) Kaiden Rice (SR), The Citadel (17.6ppg)
3) Kevion Nolan (RS JR), Jacksonville (16.6ppg)
4) Brenton Mills (SO), Binghamton (13.9ppg)
5) Terry Nolan, Jr. (RS JR), Bradley (11.2ppg) https://t.co/LnyR4NpT90
— Verbal Commits (@VerbalCommits) March 11, 2021
Sure, NC State is interested and they’ve made contact, but how likely is it that Rice chooses the Pack? Well, we’ll have to wait and see.
Rice is a Citadel kid, so he’s used to playing for a military academy. Maybe Keatts can pitch his time coaching at Hargrave Military Academy? Maybe Keatts can pitch staying close to home (Rice is from Columbia, SC)? He’ll have to do something because Rice is a hot commodity and already there are a ton of schools involved. One of those schools is Arizona.
Arizona is reportedly interested in Citadel transfer Kaiden Rice, one of the most prolific shooters in the country https://t.co/8mi8x0tUop
— AZ Desert Swarm (@AZDesertSwarm) March 11, 2021
Rice averaged 17.6 ppg, 4.2 rebounds, and shot 41% from the floor (35% from 3pt range).
Our take is that Rice is too good to pass up. If NC State can lock him up, they lock him up. There also may be some more roster changes as the offseason goes on, so adding another backup big man to Bates is a possibility.
NC State Showing Interest in 2023 4-Star PG Dra Gibbs-Lawhorn
2023 Point Guard Dra Gibbs-Lawhorn (6’1″/170) shared with Stock Risers that NC State is one of the schools in hot pursuit of his talents.
Top-50 senior Dra Gibbs-Lawhorn will take an official visit to Memphis on September 23rd through the 25th, he told @Stockrisers. Virginia, Texas, NC State, Wake Forest, UNC, Illinois, Santa Barbara, and Gonzaga among other schools in the hunt.
— Jake (@jakeweingarten) August 18, 2022
Expect the offers to start coming in for Gibbs-Lawhorn, who originally committed to Purdue on December 16th of last year, but decommitted recently on August 3rd. Memphis came knocking on the door the next day, extending an offer on August 4th, and he will be taking an Official Visit there on September 23rd.
The Monteverde Academy (Monteverde, FL) standout is a consensus 4-star recruit, with 247Sports ranking him as the #47 overall player in the 2023 recruiting class.
Gibbs-Lawhorn is originally from Lafayette, Indiana.
Raleigh native, 2023 4-star guard, Silas Demary Jr is considering NC State
Kevin Keatts loves big combo guards. Kevin Keatts also loves scooping up local talent. That’s why it’s important to keep your eye on 6’4, 4-star guard Silas Demary Jr.
The Raleigh native currently plays for Liberty Heights in Charlotte after being a key piece to Millbrook High School’s (Raleigh) state championship. The move to Charlotte was to increase exposure and get on a team that plays a national schedule. It’s also worth noting that he was originally a 2022 prospect, but moved back a year because of COVID.
He’s a quick, physical guard who can handle the rock and score it on all 3 levels. NC State has upped their recruitment on Demary Jr. recently and he’s been vocal about NC State being in the mix.
4 ⭐️ guard Silas Demary Jr. (@silas_demaryjr) is a top-75 recruit in the nation, and he's considering NC State with a potential top-schools list on the way.
If he joined the Wolfpack, he would instantly become a hometown hero in Raleigh.
More here: https://t.co/RlTBwfQHrA
— Ethan McDowell (@ethanmmcdowell) August 10, 2022
Currently holding offers from Tennesee, Georgia Tech, and NC State among others, Demary Jr. is seeing his stock rise not just because of his play on the court, but thanks to his work off the court. You can see from the tape that he’s a high IQ player, but he’s also transferring that to the classrom where he holds a 4.0 GPA.
Keep your eye on this kid. He’s putting out a list of top schools here soon and all signs are pointing to NC State being listed.
More to come.
4-star guard, brother of NBA lottery pick Jalen Green, taking an official to NC State
2023 4-star, AJ Johnson, will be visiting NC State on September 24th, according to 247s Travis Banham.
— Travis Branham (@TravisBranham_) August 8, 2022
Johnson is a 6’5 guard hailing from Woodland Hills, CA. He’s got a long wiry frame, a nice shot, good handles and a ton of athleticism.
Johnson is also the younger brother of Houston Rockets star Jalen Green, who was the 2nd overall selection in the 2021 NBA Draft. Green averaged 17 points in his rookie season.
Johnson is getting a ton of interest, but the only official visist he has set up are to NC State, Texas, USC, and LSU. It’s worth noting that Louisville, Gonzaga, and Kansas may be looking to get on that visit list as well.
Johnson started to get national attention when he went head to head with Bronnie James (Lebron’s son) and scored 15 pts.
This is worth keeing your eye on. It will be hard for NC State to out-recruit Gonzaga or Kansas if they get into the mix, however if the list stays as it is now, NC State has a shot here.
2022 4-star combo guard Judah Mintz is scheduling a visit to NC State (with highlights)
The recruiting cloud hanging over NC State is gone. Now it’s time to see what Kevin Keatts can really do.
First up is 2022 6’3 combo guard, Judah Mintz, who is working on scheduling a visit to NC State.
Visits to NC State and DePaul are being set up now, Mintz says.
Wake Forest will be in to see him tomorrow. https://t.co/mSRFMppfj5
— Joe Tipton (@TiptonEdits) January 25, 2022
Mintz is a bouncy guard with a great handle, good physicality and a good shot. He definitely plays with the intensity that Keatts always prioritizes in his recruits. Just watch…
Mintz holds offers from Georgetown, Penn State, Pitt, Xavier and Depaul. However, Xavier looks to be off his list after news broke of him pulling out of a visit. Wake Forest is involved ana Depaul is getting a visit, but it looks like the Wolfpack is going to be in the mix for sure.
We’ll keep you updated on his recruitment.